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BJP attempting to buy seven AAP MLAs at Rs 10 crore each

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing the BJP of indulging in horse trading, AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Wednesday alleged that seven of his party MLAs in the national capital have been offered Rs 10 crore each to join the saffron party. The BJP however rubbished the claim terming it “bizarre allegation” and a “desperate bid to gain attention”. Sisodia alleged the BJP had earlier too tried to “buy” AAP MLAs and they were given appropriate response by the public, and claimed that this time also they will get a befitting reply. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Since the BJP does not have any development issue to raise, it has now come down to indulging in horse trading by attempting to buy seven of our MLAs at Rs 10 crore each,” he said. Sisodia also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comment that 40 Trinamool Congress MLAs in West Bengal are in touch with him and will desert their party once the BJP wins the general elections. “It does not suit the prime minister to make such comments. He (Modi) should realise that India is a democratic country and he is here because of democracy,” the AAP leader said, alleging the BJP is trying to do the same thing in Delhi. Reacting to Sisodia’s allegation, BJP media head Ashok Goyal said, “The AAP is baffled as it is loosing the elections and its leaders are trying desperately to gain attention by making bizarre allegations.” “Arvind Kejriwal is not being able to stop the rebellion of AAP MLAs and is dragging BJP’s name in their internal problems,” Goyal said.last_img read more

UN report finds improvements in external debt situation of poor countries

“The year 2000 has seen some improvements in the external debt indicators of developing countries and transition economies,” the report states. “With the total stock of debt virtually unchanged in nominal terms, and gross national product (GNP) growth rates exceeding 5 per cent in both developed and transition economies, debt to GNP ratios improved in all regions, and provisional figures for debt to exports ratios even show larger improvements.” At the same time, Mr. Annan cautions that “these improvements should be interpreted with care,” pointing out that different countries experienced different levels of growth and export earnings. The cost of servicing debt “continues to represent a heavy burden for many developing countries,” while last year, arrears on interest payments rose in Latin America and East Asia. Drawing policy conclusions in response to these conditions, the Secretary-General calls for improving the initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), which aims to facilitate relief for those States. “Evidence is increasingly suggesting that the debt sustainability exercises undertaken in the context of HIPC have been overly optimistic regarding the estimation of the level of indebtedness that countries would be able to sustain after receiving debt relief,” the Secretary-General observes, stressing the importance of making an independent assessment of debt sustainability. The report also calls for increased official development assistance (ODA) to help poor States. “This requires ODA to be raised in accordance with the needs of recipient countries,” Mr. Annan writes, calling on donors to provide fresh funds to HIPC States without reducing overall levels of multilateral financing. read more

UN crime chief urges global action to disrupt ruthless illegal wildlife trade

“The rate of poaching is such that a number of iconic and lesser known species risk being wiped out over the next decade – and we will all bear responsibility for those losses,” warned Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at a special event taking place in Vienna on the margins of the 23rd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.Mr. Fedotov stressed that the illegal wildlife trade – broadly considered poaching and other illicit exploitation of the world’s wild flora and fauna – needed to be recognized everywhere for what it is: a very serious transnational organized crime requiring effective legislation and criminal justice systems. The London Conference that took place in February 2014 had added to the political commitments expressed in Paris, Gaborone, Marrakesh and Bishkek in 2013. “We must now translate our resolve into concrete action and channel this momentum into the General Assembly,” he said. Stemming this tragedy is a shared responsibility, said Mr. Fedotov, explaining that UNODC is working with Governments and partners, such as the International Consortium on Combating Wild Life Crime (ICCWC), to improve legislation, strengthen law enforcement and criminal justice systems that can investigate, prosecute and sentence criminals in source countries and end-markets, and forge closer international cooperation. In addition, UNODC will soon launch the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, which would deliver regional and national assistance to support law-enforcement responses, put in place legislation to address this crime, strengthen investigative, prosecutorial and judicial capacities, as well as combat the related issues of money-laundering and corruption. It will also support States in their efforts to introduce livelihoods to affected communities. Mr. Fedotov stressed however that law enforcement alone cannot eliminate wildlife crime, and he underlined the need to tackle the underlying development dimension. “Education and public awareness campaigns are needed to reduce the demand for protected fauna and flora, together with efforts to promote sustainable livelihoods for communities in source countries, where poverty and their lack of economic opportunities drive many to engage in this criminal enterprise,” he said.Mr. Fedotov said he hoped that more countries would implement the UNODC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit developed with ICCWC to assess countries’ preventive and criminal justice responses to wildlife and forest crime, following the example of Gabon, Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru. Other initiatives of UNODC include the recent “Be a responsible traveller” campaign jointly launched with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to curb demand for wild animals, exotic plants and endangered wood products. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 15 June 2012

DOWNLOAD1. Vince Cable addresses SMMT International Automotive Summit2. George Osborne & Mervyn King deliver annual Mansion House speeches3. SMMT gives evidence at Transport Select Committee4. UK automotive industry targets all-time manufacturing records5. Vehicle registrations up in May 20126. BIS & DFE announce independent apprenticeships review7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Lebron James Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade Share Final

This is Miami’s first Game 7 in the LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh era.The Heat’s three stars addressed reporters for the final time on Saturday before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with Chris Bosh saying he again expects to come off the bench, Dwyane Wade explaining the reason for his offensive struggles, and LeBron James asserting it’s absurd for anyone to suggest he could produce Thursday’s eye-popping numbers every game.Through six games, Wade had just 35 first-half points in this series on 12 for 46 shooting (26 percent). But he has 92 points in the second half.Wade said because he’s facing so many double teams, the Celtics are “taking me out of the game. So I’m trying to make as much of an impact as possible. I understand I have to affect the game other ways and wait for my opportunities to come.“It’s not the easiest thing to do. A double team doesn’t let you get good looks, and when you get looks, it gets you out of your rhythm. But I’ve got to stick with it, and that’s what I’ve done.“I’ve had better second halves than first halves, and if I can pick one, I’ll pick the second half, instead of playing great in the first half and not good in the second one. They put a game plan together, and there’s no question the game plan is to make sure I don’t see a lot of opportunities.”James said Saturday that “I would love to have another game like” Thursday’s 45-point, 15-rebound epic, but “no one can do that every single game. People say, ‘Why can’t I do that every game?’ That’s the craziest thing.”Mario Chalmers referred to James’ serious, piercing glare during Game 6 as “his ugly look.” James, informed of that, was amused. “I never had that look,” James said. “I never had that look in my life. It’s a focused look.”As for Bosh, he said he has no issue with coming off the bench for the third consecutive game since returning from an abdominal strain. “It’s irrelevant,” he said. “It will be irrelevant as long as we’re playing. As long as I get to play, it doesn’t matter. We have a good thing going right now. I will continue to come off the bench as long as it’s good. I’m going to have my time with certain lineups.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he would not announce his starting lineup until just before tipoff.Source: read more

Prince William opens new Foreign Office facility named after pioneering female diplomat

The Duke stumbled briefly over his words at the end of his speech, appearing to begin to say “Matthew” before correcting himself to “Mayhew” as he told a small audience it gave him “enormous pleasure” to declare the room open.Lady Mayhew’s children said she would be “absolutely thrilled” to know the theatre had been named for her, adding she would have been encouraged to know the progress woman had made in the diplomatic service.Judy said: “We’re really proud of Mum. She battled quite hard though her life in a lot of ways and she would be over the moon to see this.” During the visit, the Duke was welcomed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by Jeremy Hunt, and given a tour by Sir Simon MacDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary of State.The Mayhew Theatre allows staff to join sessions virtually from across the world, and will be used to support the delivery of the Diplomatic Academy curriculums.The new theatre will allow the Academy to improve their learning culture by bringing larger groups of people together, both physically and virtually, to share knowledge, expertise and skills, a spokesman said. Tessa Mayhew and David Mayhew talk with Prince William The Duke of Cambridge views a model of the Mayhew Theatre at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Academy The Duke of Cambridge has warned of the challenges facing diplomats in the digital age, as he opens a new Foreign and Commonwealth Office learning hub named for a British female pioneer.The Duke, who unveiled a plaque at the Mayhew Theatre, said FCO staff must now “adapt to the opportunities and threats of new technologies”.Urging them to “make time for learning and study hard”, he told them: “Your work is absolutely essential to the country.”The “state-of-the-art learning facility” in the Diplomatic Academy at the FCO in London is named after Lady Mayhew: the second woman to be appointed to the British Diplomatic Service and the very first to be sent overseas.Born Cicely Ludlam, she had a first in French and German from Oxford and was recruited to Bletchley Park decoding messages for naval intelligence.After the Second World War, she joined the Foreign Office and travelled behind the Iron Curtain to Belgrade where she met Christopher Mayhew, minister and Labour politician and accepted his proposal. Three of her children, David, Tessa and Judy, and granddaughter Emily attended the ceremony to officially open the theatre, speaking of their pride in its name.“I was reading up about her,” the Duke told them. “She was a remarkable woman.“It’s interesting how times have changed isn’t it? I was reading about how she got married and had to relinquish her role. That must have been quite difficult for her, having built those relationships [for her career].“Did she talk about it a lot to you? It’s very nice that she wrote it all down.“I hope you’re proud of her.”In a short speech delivered shortly before he declared the theatre open, the Duke said: “I know how invaluable the work of the FCO is. Tessa Mayhew and David Mayhew talk with Prince WilliamCredit:AFP “I can see what you do for myself when I travel around the world at the government’s request.“I meet members of your service and I’m always impressed by your dedication to projecting our values, to protecting our national security, to creating prosperity and to supporting our systems all around the world.“I recognise the challenges of modern diplomacy in a digital age, where we need to adapt to the opportunities and threats of new technologies. David added: “One of the things she said at the end of her life was that she hated domesticity. She was a wonderful mother, but she missed being able to contribute her considerable intellectual gifts to the Foreign Office.“She would be absolutely thrilled.”The family were consulted about the name of the Mayhew Theatre, readily agreeing after being told their mother had been selected as the inspirational person to honour. The Duke of Cambridge views a model of the Mayhew Theatre at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diplomatic AcademyCredit:AFP The Duke of Cambridge with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt  “Investing in the people who make up the diplomatic service is vital, and so I’m pleased to be here to help mark the next step forward in that investment.“I wish everyone who uses these facilities the very best as they aim to equip themselves for the challenges they will face in their careers.“Your work is absolutely essential to the country, so make time for learning and study hard.“And take inspiration for the commitment to public service that Cicely Mayhew showed throughout her entire life “I’ve heard a great deal about Cicely from her family, and this theatre and its purpose are a fitting tribute to her memory.” The Duke of Cambridge with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit:PA The decision meant she had to give up her career, going on to have four children, supporting her husband’s political career and, in later life, interviewing candidates for the Foreign Office. She died in 2016 aged 92. read more

Bolt breezes through to semis

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUsain Bolt to seek treatment ‘immediately’July 2, 2016In “latest news”Brilliant Bolt …First man to win three Olympic 100m titlesAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Bolt, Blake, Ashmeade cruise into 100m semisAugust 13, 2016In “latest news” – Blake, Forte also qualify, with all eyes on today’s final(Jamaica Observer)- Despite stumbling out of the blocks Usain Bolt easily qualified for today’s semi-finals of the 100m with a relaxed-looking 10.07secs (0.3 mps) in the heats of the blue riband event here at the Olympic Stadium yesterday to keep alive his golden farewell.Yohan Blake eases down at the end of his heat in the Men’s 100m at the World Championships inside the Olympic Stadium in London yesterday. (Photos: Collin Reid, Courtesy of Courts, Supreme Ventures and Jamaica Tourist Board)Fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Julian Forte also advanced to the 100m semi-finals, while debutant Senoy-Jay Givans was eliminated at the first hurdle at this the 16th World Athletics Championships here in London, England.Fedrick Dacres reached the discus final fairly comfortably, while his teammate Travis Smikle had to wait anxiously but sneaked in as the last qualifier. Damar Forbes did likewise in the long jump, but there was no such luck for Ramone Bailey.But the night, in fact the entire Championships, belongs to the incomparable Bolt and the packed venue erupted with every glimpse of him, whether on huge screens or on the track.Bolt, who is hunting his fourth World title, had the second slowest reaction time of 1.66 seconds running from lane seven but he quickly hustled up on the field, glanced across and eased home in the 10.07secs. The eighth fastest time into the semi-finals set for 1:05 pm Jamaican time. The final will be run later at 3:45 pm.“The race overall was a poor start so I had to push myself a little bit in the middle to get back in it. But Overall I was happy that I had to push myself and blow the cobwebs out now. I am feeling Ok, but it wasn’t a great race,” said Bolt.He continued: “That was very bad. I stumbled coming out of the blocks. I’m not very fond of these blocks. I think these are the worst ones I’ve ever experienced. I have to get this start together because I can’t keep doing this.“It’s shaky. When I did my warm up it pushed back. It is just not what I am used to. Not as sturdy or firm,” said a concerned Bolt.“But the fact that I got back in the race pretty quickly shows that I am in decent form. The more I run the better I feel so tomorrow (today) we will see how the semi-finals go and I can really say what’s what,” he added.Blake also safely navigated himself to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat two behind Jamaican born Abdul Hakin Sani Brown of Japan, who won in a personal best of 10.05secs. Blake clocked 10.13secs, while Turkey’s Emre Zafer Barnes, former Winston Barnes of Jamaica College and Jamaica, was fourth in 10.22secs and also qualified.“I just wanted to stay strong and take it round by round. I just want to make people know that ‘Blake’ is up,” said Blake.“It is good to be here and I just want to get a similar result to the 2011 (World championships). I’m fit and I’m healthy,” he added.Meanwhile, Forte was the quickest of the Jamaicans and in fact, the quickest overall capturing his heat in 9.99secs (0.0) to equal his personal best.“I equalled my PB today, so this time shows me that I am in good shape, that I have the strength. I have always been confident about myself, but I just kept it inside,” said Forte.“I am just trying to execute my race each round. I just tried to control my race,” he added.Givans was seventh in heat one clocking 10.30secs. The race was won American rising star Christian Coleman, who won in 10.01secs (-0.1). Former Jamaican runner Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey was second in 10.13.The biggest challenger to Bolt, Justin Gatlin, won his heat in 10.05secs ahead of another former Jamaican Andrew Fisher, now running for Bahrain, who clocked in at 10.19secs.In the semi-final Bolt has been drawn in heat three with Coleman, Barnes, Fisher, Great Britian’s Chijindu Ujah and Jimmy Vicaut of France. Blake is paired with his first round conqueror Sani Brown, while Forte faces Gatlin and South African Akani Simbine. read more

ESCO launches joint venture with Elecmetal in Chile

first_imgESCO and Elecmetal have signed a joint venture agreement for a ground engaging tool (GET) foundry to be constructed in Chile. ESCO and Elecmetal have a nearly 50-year licensee relationship, and this joint venture further strengthens that bond. Elecmetal will continue to act as ESCO’s exclusive licensee in Chile. Construction of the new foundry is slated to begin in early 2008. Upon completion in 2009, it will supply GET products for the mining and construction markets.ESCO ( is a global manufacturer of engineered metal wearparts and components for industrial applications. Mining is one of the principal industries that ESCO. Compania Electro Metalurgica (Elecmetal) participates in industrial and commercial activities related to metallurgy. It also has direct and indirect investment and/or operation in activities related to mining. Elecmetal is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.last_img read more

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates birth of baby cheetah

first_imgFOTA WILDLIFE PARK in Cork is celebrating the birth of the fist cheetah to be born in the park in over five years. The male baby cub was born on the 20th of September and is the 179th cheetah to be bred in the East Cork attraction since it first began rearing cheetahs in 1984.However, this cub is the first first Northern Cheetah born at the park.First time mumAccording to Fota Wildlife Park, the cheetah has been hand-reared by the Head Warden Willie Duffy since he was two days old.  Duffy said that as it is the mother’s first time mum, she can find it hard to look after the cub and “it sometimes requires for us to step in and help nurture it” said Duffy. (Fota Wildlife Park)Here is a video of the new cub getting fed:(Via YouTube/Fotawildlife)Fota Wildlife Park is highly involved in the global Cheetah Conservation Programme.Naming competitionFota Wildlife Park is now asking the public to suggest a name for the male cub via their Facebook Pag or on Twitter using #FOTACHEETAHCUB.The person who chooses the name the park like the most will get to see the cheetah up close on one of the park’s newly launched Wild Experiences which takes individuals and families behind the scenes at the park.Watch these panda cubs grow from tiny pink yokes to cuddly panda toddlers>This goat could really use a strepsil or something>last_img read more

Two more arrests over Limerick carramming and robbery

first_imgGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE robbery and assault of a man in the early hours of yesterday morning have made two further arrests this evening. A total of five people are now in custody.It is understood the man, who is aged in his 30s, had just left a casino having won an amount of money when his car was rammed and forced off the road on the N20 at around 1.40am.Gardaí said he was threatened at knife-point and a sum of money taken from him. The man was taken for treatment to Limerick Regional Hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening and he was later released.Four people – two men and two women – were arrested yesterday afternoon in follow-up searches, and two cars were seized.The two men, aged 25 and 31, are currently detained at Roxboro Road Garda Station. One of the women was later released from custody, while the other is still being held at Henry St Garda Station.In the latest development, a man and a woman — both in their mid-20s —  were arrested this evening.Gardaí in Roxboro Road Garda station are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident or has any information to contact them on 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Robbers attack cash-in-transit van in Meath >Read: Gardaí appeal for taxi driver witnesses in Thomas Horan murder investigation >last_img read more

Foreign multinationals are thriving while Irish businesses go to the wall ISME

first_imgCompetitiveness He also warned that Ireland is losing ground in the competitiveness battle against our closest rivals.“Irish businesses continue to pay more than their international competitors for electricity, gas, transport, rates etc. As long as this situation continues recovery will remain slow and indigenous businesses will struggle to expand.”Fielding argued that the Government should step in to drive down costs for SME owners, with a particular focus on defusing demands for higher wages.“Most SME owner-managers cannot afford to give wage increases at this point and continued wage pressure will result in them taking a cautious approach to recruitment.”Fielding added that that this morning’s low inflation figures mask “steadily increasing business costs being borne by SMEs”.Read: SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness>Read: Consumers still ‘afraid to spend’ in climate of uncertainty> THE IRISH SMALL and Medium Enterprises Association has warned that credit-starved Irish companies are dying out while multinationals thrive in the current business environment.Speaking after the release of inflation figures by the Central Statistics Office today, ISME warned that the Government’s “complacent stance on SME bank credit and the uncompetitive high business costs being borne by Irish SMEs are costing jobs”.ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said “The Government’s attempts to generate an export-led recovery are being jeopardised by a lack of bank credit and the high business costs that they impose.” While multinationals, which are not dependent on local banks, thrive, the domestic economy is being strangled by a lack of bank credit.last_img read more

Audi chief executive arrested over Volkswagens dieselgate emissions cheating scandal

first_img 36 Comments By AFP Audi chief executive arrested over Volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ emissions cheating scandal Prosecutors say they fear he might try to suppress evidence. AUDI CHIEF EXECUTIVE Rupert Stadler was arrested today in connection with parent company Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to suppress evidence.The dramatic development comes a week after Munich prosecutors raided Stadler’s home after charging him with fraud and falsifying documents that allowed diesel vehicles equipped with cheating software to be sold to European customers.Four police officers detained the Audi boss at his home at between 6 and 7am, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors told AFP, saying that the arrest was justified as he is suspected of “seeking to influence witnesses or other suspects”.Stadler has denied the accusations and has said he is ready to be interrogated from tomorrow, added the spokesman.Hours after the arrest, the VW group’s management named Dutchman Bram Schot, who joined VW in 2011, to take over from Stadler as interim CEO.Emissions cheating scandal Stadler is the most senior executive yet to be detained in the dieselgate crisis, which started when the Volkswagen group admitted in 2015 to installing so-called “defeat devices” in some 11 million diesels worldwide that made them seem less polluting in lab tests than they actually were on the road.The affected vehicles involved VW’s own-brand cars, but also those made by Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat.VW’s luxury subsidiary Audi has long faced suspicions that its engineers helped create the software used in the scam.Audi’s former head of engine development, Wolfgang Hatz, was taken into custody in Germany in September 2017 and remains behind bars.A manager at Porsche was also detained in April. He was identified by German media as Joerg Kerner, an engineer in charge of Porsche’s engine division who was working at Audi when the diesel scandal broke.And German authorities earlier this month ordered the recall of some 60,000 Audi A6 and A7 cars across Europe to remove illegal emissions control software – using a different technique however than the one at the heart of dieselgate.‘New start’ “Audi needs a new start”, said auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the CAR research centre.Stadler, 55, who joined Audi in 1990 and has been its CEO since 2007, has enjoyed the full backing of VW’s top brass so far.But Dudenhoeffer said that may change, given the “very serious” allegations against him.Stadler’s arrest is the latest blow to the Volkswagen group, which has struggled to shake off the dieselgate crisis and continues to face a litany of investigations at home and abroad.Two former VW chief executives – Martin Winterkorn and his successor Matthias Mueller – have both landed in the sights of German prosecutors.They are suspected of knowing earlier than they have admitted about the cheating, meaning they may have failed in their duty to inform investors in the car giant about the financial risks.US prosecutors also indicted Winterkorn last month, saying he knew of the company’s emissions cheating as early as May 2014 but decided to continue.Current boss Herbert Diess has also been accused of knowing about the scam before it became public – an allegation rejected by the firm last month.Admitting ‘responsibility’The diesel scandal has so far cost the VW group more than €25 billion in buybacks, fines and compensation, mainly in the United States where the cheating scam was first uncovered.But pressure has been mounting on the auto giant to make amends in Europe too.Just last week, VW agreed to pay a €1 billion fine to settle a probe by German prosecutors.In doing so, VW said it admitted its “responsibility for the diesel crisis”.Despite the controversy, the VW group last year reported global sales of 10.7 million vehicles – a new record.But the saga has cast a wider pall over Germany’s vaunted car industry, with suspicions of emissions manipulation spreading to rivals BMW and Mercedes-owned Daimler.To date, just two people have been convicted over “dieselgate”, both in the US.Former VW executive Oliver Schmidt is serving a seven-year sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and violating the US Clean Air Act.VW engineer James Liang, who cooperated with investigators, was handed 40 months in jail last year.- © AFP 2018 Share22 Tweet Email8 Jun 18th 2018, 5:36 PM Monday 18 Jun 2018, 5:36 PM Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images 16,372 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

De liode radioactif retrouvé dans des algues au large des EtatsUnis

first_imgDe l’iode radioactif retrouvé dans des algues au large des Etats-UnisDes scientifiques américains ont retrouvé de l’iode radioactif dans des algues situées au large de la côte ouest des États-Unis. Une conséquence de la catastrophe de Fukushima qui inquiète les spécialistes.C’est une nouvelle préoccupante qu’a révélée une récente étude américaine. Celle-ci indique que de l’iode radioactif a été détecté sur des algues se trouvant au large de la côte ouest des États-Unis. Des traces de radioactivité qui seraient une conséquence de la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima, survenue après le tsunami en mars 2011.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De l’iode radioactif 131 avait déjà été détecté sur la côte américaine, indiquant qu’il avait traversé le Pacifique peu après la catastrophe. Si les quantités mesurées étaient alors infimes, des biologistes marins de l’université de Californie à Long Beach (CSULB) avaient toutefois noté la présence de cet élément chimique radioactif au sein d’algues marines un mois après l’accident. Malheureusement, les algues figurent parmi les plantes qui accumulent le plus l’iode. D’où l’inquiétude des chercheurs.”Nous avons mesuré des niveaux significatifs, mais en règle générale inoffensifs, d’iode radioactif dans les tissus de l’algue géante Macrocystis pyrifera. Même si cela a sans doute été sans effet sur l’homme en raison de niveaux relativement peu élevés, cela a pu affecter certains poissons qui mangent cette algue”, explique Steven Manley, auteur avec Christopher Lowe de l’étude publiée dans Environmental Science & Study et relayée par l’AFP. Des résultats qui encouragent donc à poursuivre les recherches sur l’impact d’une telle contamination. L’accident nucléaire survenu le 11 mars à la centrale atomique Fukushima Daiichi, est reconnu comme étant le plus important depuis celui de Tchernobyl en 1986. Quelque 20.000 personnes sont mortes ont ou été portées disparues après la catastrophe.Le 12 avril 2012 à 14:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trump Reestablishes 30-Year-Old U.S. Space Command

first_img Impatiently awaiting Congressional approval of his Space Force, Donald Trump this week reestablished the Cold War-era U.S. Space Command.Founded in 1985 to provide joint command and control of the Air Force, Army, and Navy’s space forces, SpaceCom has been restored under the authority of Gen. Jay Raymond.“It’s a big deal,” Trump said during a Thursday announcement in the Rose Garden. “As the newest combatant command, SpaceCom will defend America’s vital interests in space, the next war-fighting domain.” France Wants to Arm Satellites With Guns, Lasers President Trump Establishes the U.S. Space Command— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 29, 2019In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Armed Forces’ focus on homeland defense and counter-terrorism meant the deemphasis of outer space.As a result, the U.S. Northern Command was born, while SpaceCom merged with U.S. Strategic Command, becoming the Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike.In 2006, that was replaced by the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, which, in 2017, was reorganized as the Joint Force Space Component Commander.Now, 34 years later, we’ve come full circle to the United States Space Command.“The establishment of the 11th combatant command is a landmark moment,” Trump said. “This is a landmark day. One that recognizes the centrality of space to America’s national security and defence.“With today’s action we open another great chapter in the extraordinary history of the United States military,” he continued. “SpaceCom will ensure that America’s dominance in space is never threatened and never questioned, because we know the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory.”United States Space Command (via U.S. Space Command)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper praised the refreshed program, asserting that SpaceCom “is the next crucial step towards the creation of an independent space force as an additional armed force.”This occasion, the president ensured, will soon be followed by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.“And that’s really something, when you think about it,” he said.In February, Trump signed a directive to establish a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space.A Space Force, as described by the White House, would be authorized to “organize, train, and equip military space forces … to ensure unfettered access to, and freedom to operate in space, and to provide vital capabilities to joint and coalition forces in peacetime and across the spectrum of conflict.”Before anyone can ensure America’s sovereignty among the stars, though, the proposal must be OKed by Congress.Trump first floated the idea of launching a space force to fight cosmic enemies in March 2018. A year before, the House Armed Services Committee voted to create a U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current celestial missions.If approved, the Space Force would become the nation’s first new military service since 1947.“The dangers to our country constantly evolve, and so must we,” Trump said. “Now, those who wish to harm the United States, to seek to challenge us in the ultimate high ground of space—it’s gonna be a whole different ball game.”Watch This Astronaut Might Be the First Space CriminalMore on Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trump’s Space ForceVote For Your Favorite ‘Space Force’ LogoU.S. Air Force Creates Space Mission Force to Prevent War in Spacecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Saints identify Hughes replacement

first_imgSouthampton have identified former AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim as a potential replacement for under-fire boss Mark Hughes.The Saints have lost their last three league games without scoring to slip to 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.Southampton next face rivals Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, and a fourth successive defeat would only add more pressure on Hughes.Despite the looming shadow of Jardim, Hughes insists he is not feeling the pressure and insists improved results are not far away.“We want maximum points as soon as we can but we don’t feel unduly concerned as yet because we think we are very close to turning things around,” he said, according to Express.“We stayed in the Premier League last year by one position. Realistically, are we going to go from 17th to the top six in eight games? Probably not.”Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…“We need to be a little bit patient but we know we have potential in the group and are better than we were last year.”“People shape their view how well or how poorly you do in the early weeks of the season; the end game is where you are after 38 matches.”Hughes is hopeful Charlie Austin, who is currently on loan from Liverpool can rediscover his goalscoring touch against the Cherries this weekend.Hughes said: “Charlie is a goal scorer and if you give him the right service, in the right areas of the penalty box, more often than not he will get shots off.”“We have not been able to get him in those kinds of positions on a regular enough basis so that is something we have to improve.”last_img read more

Portland driver killed by his own big rig

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem police say a tractor-trailer rig driver who pulled into the parking lot of a small mall to ask directions was struck and killed when his truck began rolling forward.Lt. Jim Anglemier said the truck began rolling Wednesday while the driver was inside a business asking for assistance. It first hit a parked car. The driver raced outside in an apparent effort to get the truck stopped but he was run over. The truck continued across the parking lot and damaged the exterior of a dry cleaners. No one else was hurt.Police identified the driver late Wednesday as 54-year-old Dean Leslie Pollard of Portland. Anglemier said Pollard had been a long-time driver for Christenson Oil of Portland.last_img read more

Volcanotriggered tsunami toll in Indonesia rises to 168

first_imgA damaged vehicle is seen amid wreckage from buildings along Carita beach on 23 December 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on 22 December following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. Photo: AFPA tsunami killed at least 168 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials and media said on Sunday.Hundreds of homes and other buildings were “heavily damaged” when the tsunami struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground. There was no estimate on the number of missing.TV images showed the seconds when the tsunami hit the beach and residential areas in Pandeglang on Java island, dragging with it victims, debris, and large chunks of wood and metal.On 26 December in 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.The eruption of Krakatau in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area once occupied by Krakatau, which was destroyed in 1883. It first appeared in 1927 and has been growing ever since.Saturday’s tsunami was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia, a vast archipelago, this year. Successive earthquakes flattened parts of the tourist island of Lombok, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed thousands on Sulawesi island. Nearly 200 people died when a Lion Air passenger plane crashed into the Java Sea in October.Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till 25 December.“Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet,” said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election in April, said on Twitter that he had “ordered all relevant government agencies to immediately take emergency response steps, find victims and care for the injured”.Vice president Jusuf Kalla told a news conference the death toll would “likely increase”.Rescue workers and ambulances were finding it difficult to reach affected areas because some roads were blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees.A house and a small shop is seen after hit by tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, on 23 December 2018. Photo: ReutersThe waves washed away an outdoor stage where a local rock band was performing in Tanjung Lesung in Banten province, a popular tourist getaway not far from the capital, Jakarta, killing at least one musician. Others were missing.The western coast of Banten province in Java was the worst-hit area, Nugroho told reporters in Yogyakarta. He said at least 35 people were reported dead in Lampung in southern Sumatra.“Washed Away”Around 250 employees of the state utility company PLN had gathered in Tanjung Lesung for an end-of-year event, company spokesman I Made Suprateka told Reuters. At least seven people were killed, and around 89 are missing, he said.Dramatic TV footage showed the seconds when the tsunami hit a concert at the event and washed away the stage where local rock band Seventeen was performing.“The water washed away the stage which was located very close to the sea,” the band said in a statement. “The water rose and dragged away everyone at the location. We have lost loved ones, including our bassist and manager…and others are missing.”Coastal residents reported not seeing or feeling any warning signs, like receding water or an earthquake, before waves of up to two metres washed ashore, according to media.But authorities said a warning siren went off in some areas.Officials were trying to determine the exact cause of the disaster. Anak Krakatau, an active volcano roughly halfway between Java and Sumatra, has been spewing ash and lava for months. It erupted again just after 9:00pm on Saturday and the tsunami struck at around 9.30pm, according to BMKG.The tsunami was caused by “an undersea landslide resulting from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau” and was exacerbated by abnormally high tide because of the full moon, Nugroho said.Bodies of victims recovered along Carita beach are placed in body bags on 23 December 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on 22 December following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. Photo: AFPBen van der Pluijm, an earthquake geologist and a professor in the University of Michigan, said the tsunami may have been caused by a “partial collapse” of Anak Krakatau.“Instability of the slope of an active volcano can create a rock slide that moves a large volume of water, creating local tsunami waves that can be very powerful. This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water,” he said.Neighbouring Malaysia and Australia both said they were ready to provide assistance if needed.last_img read more

Houston Startup Tackles Dog Cancer

first_img 00:00 /03:29 Brien StrawColleen O’Connor, who has a PhD in toxicology, founded CAVU after losing two dogs to cancer.There’s much talk about curing cancer — especially in Houston, the home of a prestigious cancer center.But what about cancer in pets?It is a niche the start-up CAVU Biotherapies, housed in the University of Houston’s Innovation Center, wants to fill.We spoke with CAVU founder Colleen O’Connor for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Behind the Buzz Five Tech Trends Defined

first_img As a small-business owner, manager or informed employee, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest technology. But with all the buzzwords out there, it can be a hassle to figure out what’s what and which trends are here to stay. Here, we offer our explanations of the technologies that are reshaping the way we do business.1. The cloud. The cloud is just another term for the Internet. So cloud computing is simply online or Web-based software and services that are often cheaper and easier to use than purchasing licenses and maintaining software on your own machines. This can apply to everything from financial software to document and file storage. But beware — not all cloud solutions are alike, and security, reliability and scalability will vary.Then there’s the banter around “private cloud” and “public cloud.” A private cloud is either a secure internal network running “behind the firewall,” where employees can access applications and data from a central location such as an intranet, or a service in which the cloud provider stores your data offsite on a dedicated server.2. Crowdsourcing. It sounds gimmicky, but crowdsourcing basically entails outsourcing work to a crowd of people. There’s real business being done through crowdsourcing sites such as crowdSPRING, CrowdFlower and Trada. To crowdsource a project, you submit an open call to a community of experts, such as software developers or graphic designers, and receive a variety of solutions or ideas in response.However, crowdsourcing isn’t always cheaper, better or faster — and there’s no guarantee you’ll get back quality, usable material. “The overlooked cost is the need to filter through the crowd’s ideas to determine which ones have the potential to solve the problem,” says Laura Schoppe, president at Fuentek LLC, a consulting firm specializing in intellectual property and technology transfer. “The idea also must be free and clear to be adopted,” she adds. To see how small businesses are using crowdsourcing, click here.3. SEO. Search engine optimization (SEO) is about driving traffic to your website. It consists of various practices meant to improve the chances that people coming from search engines like Google or Bing will find your business online. For example, if you sell home aquariums in Buffalo, you want to make sure your website appears high on the list next time someone does a search for “home aquarium, Buffalo.”Tactics include using strategic keywords across your website, tagging content and coding the site to make it SEO-friendly. However, be sure to steer clear of questionable practices that try to fool the system, or you could get blacklisted by the search engines.Also, a big part of SEO is having a clearly defined target market, and optimizing your site to reach it rather than a general audience. “Most SMB decision-makers have a target market within 15 miles of their office,” says John Caughell, marketing coordinator for Argentstratus, which provides hosted productivity software for health care organizations. “Optimizing your website to reach people 6,000 miles away … seems like a waste of resources.” 4. Unified communications. UC is perhaps one of the most misunderstood tech terms. An industry website describes it like this: “UC supports the enterprise to manage various types of communications across multiple devices and applications, while integrating with back-office applications, systems and business processes, with the goal of improving business agility and results, leading to increased revenues, decreased costs and improved customer service.” Huh?UC is really this: merging more than one type of communications tool, such as Web conferencing and instant messaging, into a single interface or integrated system. Skype could be considered a UC system because you can switch back and forth between video and phone calls. Unified messaging (where voice, text and email messages all filter into your inbox) and “presence” technologies are also commonly found in UC systems. Do you need it? That depends on how often you need to connect and collaborate online.  5. Virtualization. This technology has been around for many years, but it’s still confusing, particularly since you can “virtualize” pretty much any piece of hardware or software. In other words, you’re creating a virtual version of it rather than having to get the actual version. And yes, it’s legal. The oldest form is operating system virtualization, which allows a piece of hardware to run multiple operating system images at the same time, so that you don’t have to buy and maintain as many machines.A consulting firm describes it like this: “Through virtualization induced containers, applications can be isolated from both the hardware and one another, preventing configuration conflicts that often complicate their introduction into IT systems.” I prefer this definition from the technology site ReadWriteWeb: “Do you have a Mac? You can run Windows on it, too. How? Virtualization.”No doubt, this is a short list of the tech terms that drive small-business owners batty. But it’s up to you to interpret the buzz and determine which technologies you should invest in. “As a buyer, I look for value, not buzz,” says Kevin Elliott, CEO and founder of mobile app developing firm WeLike LLC. “Often, things I buy were buzzing … but only after I determined that there was substance did I buy.”© Business on Main How Success Happens Brought to you by Business on Main Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. September 12, 2011 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Apple releases iOS 113 with new Animojis

first_imgApple just released an iOS update for your iPhone and iPad. 11.3 introduces a ton of bug fixes but also a bunch of new features. If you forgot about Animjois, today is your lucky day as Apple is adding four new Animojis — a dragon, a bear, a lion and a skull.But that’s not all. Apple already shared a preview of iOS 11.3 a couple of months ago. There’s a big ARKit update to ARKit 1.5. It can recognize more objects and surfaces.And iOS 11.3 is also the battery update we’ve all been waiting for. There’s some new info in the settings about the status of your battery. It tells you the overall capacity and if it’s time to change your battery.You can also choose to disable Apple’s controversial decision to throttle performance with old batteries. Apple says it’s a beta feature for now.Apple is also introducing a new feature in the Health app. You can now centralize all your health records in the app. It’s only limited to a handful of clinics for now.Apple is adding customer support conversations to Messages. You can initiate a conversation with a business to order something, book a table and more. Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo are already on board. Health Records and Business Chats are only available in the U.S. as a beta for now.You’ll also see a new privacy icon across the operating system. A new website to export all your data is coming in May as well. Apple needs to add those features to comply with GDPR.Finally, Apple Music is getting a new video clips section, the App Store Updates tab now shows you the size of each update and more tiny little things. And if you care about security, it’s always a good thing to update to the latest version of iOS. Unfortunately, iOS 11.3 still doesn’t include iMessage in iCloud.Back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud or your computer using iTunes before updating. You can then head over to the Settings app, then ‘General’, then ‘Software Update’. macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates are also available today.last_img read more

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